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How to Watch Out-of-Market NFL Games with a VPN

Simon Migliano is a recognized world expert in VPNs. He's tested hundreds of VPN services and his research has featured on the BBC, The New York Times and more.

Additional Research by Luke Williams

Our Verdict

The best way to watch out-of-market NFL games is to connect to a VPN server in Canada and access NFL Game Pass International. This allows you to watch Sunday out-of-network games without subscribing to YouTube's NFL Sunday Ticket. The best VPN for NFL Game Pass is ExpressVPN thanks to its ease-of-use and fast streaming speeds.

NFL fan watching an out-of-market Dallas Cowboys game from New York

Quick Guide: How to Watch Out-of-Market NFL Games with a VPN

  1. Subscribe to a VPN that works with NFL Game Pass on DAZN (NFL Game Pass International): ExpressVPN performed best in our tests.
  2. Connect to a VPN server outside the US: We recommend connecting to the closest server in Canada for the fastest speeds.
  3. Open DAZN and stream your favorite game: Live NFL games are the first option on the home screen.

To bypass NFL broadcast restrictions and live stream out-of-market games, you usually have to subscribe to multiple subscription services. These include cable, NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Amazon Prime Video. In total, this can cost over $1,000.00 per year.

However, we’ve discovered a more affordable solution: NFL Game Pass International. For less than $20 per month, it offers live streaming of all NFL games, including Playoffs, outside the US.

To access NFL Game Pass International from America, you’ll need to use a top-rated VPN. A VPN changes your IP address location and makes you appear to be streaming from another country.

Despite claims from other websites, NFL Game Pass International is no longer available as a standalone service. To access it, you’ll have to sign up for a DAZN account and change your location to Canada using a VPN.

In this guide, we’ll explain how to sign up to NFL Game Pass International and how to use a VPN to stream every NFL game live.

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How to Sign Up for NFL Game Pass via DAZN

NFL Game Pass is no longer available as a separate service and is only available on DAZN outside of the United States.

However, we discovered you can still access multiple international DAZN regions using a VPN, even if your original DAZN account was initially registered in the US.

NFL Game Pass International allows you to stream every NFL game without cable, and on one single platform, for just $239.88 a year. This is a saving of roughly $1,000.00 compared to other NFL streaming options.

The method below is hands-down the best and most cost-effective to stream all NFL games online, compared to all other NFL streaming apps, such as Amazon Prime Video and NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube TV.

Here’s how to sign up to NFL Game Pass on DAZN from the United States:

  1. Visit the DAZN website: Ensure that you’re on your regular internet connection and not connected to a VPN.
  2. Create a DAZN account: We recommend opting for the annual subscription plan for the best value.
  3. Select your payment method: Choose from options such as credit/debit card or PayPal.
  4. Click the ‘Start Subscription’ button to activate your account.

After creating your account, you will need to get an IP address from another country to watch every NFL game on DAZN.

How to Watch Out-of-Market NFL Games Using a VPN

Once you’ve signed up to NFL Game Pass via DAZN, watching all out-of-market games is easy.

On most devices, simply launch the VPN software, connect to a Canada VPN server and open the DAZN website or app.

The steps to do this differ between platforms, though. Although it’s straightforward on mobile and desktop devices, VPN software can’t be installed on many digital media players, such as Chromecast.

Here’s a quick summary of the methods required to watch non-local NFL games on different devices:

Set-up Difficulty
Desktop (Windows & Mac)
Mobile (iOS & Android)
Fire TV
Smart TVs & Games Consoles
Smart DNS
Chromecast & Roku
Mobile Hotspot

We’ll show you exactly how to change your IP address and stream every NFL game in the sections below.

Desktop/Laptop (PC & Mac)

To watch every NFL game on your desktop or laptop computer, you simply have to connect to a VPN server outside of the US, and open the DAZN website.

Here’s how to use a VPN to stream NFL Game Pass on a computer:

  1. Sign up for a compatible VPN service and download the app: ExpressVPN worked best with DAZN in our tests.
  2. Open the VPN app and connect to a Canada VPN server: We recommend Canada for the fastest speeds from the US, but any other region will work.
  3. Go to the DAZN website in your web browser: If you’re not already signed up, read how to get a DAZN subscription in the section above.
  4. Start streaming: To watch live games, click Sports at the top left and choose NFL Game Pass. You can also select NFL RedZone or NFL Network.

If you see an error or your live stream doesn’t load, try our workarounds.

Watch us using ExpressVPN to stream Sunday NFL games without NFL Sunday Ticket in the video below:

How to use a VPN with NFL Game Pass on desktop and laptop computers.

Mobile (Android & iOS)

Previously, to watch out-of-network games on your phone, you needed an Apple or Google account registered in a country where Game Pass International was available.

However, with Game Pass now integrated into DAZN, accessing it on mobile is much easier.

Thankfully, the DAZN app uses your IP address rather than your phone’s GPS to estimate your location. As a result, most VPN services work with this method.

Here’s how to download the DAZN app and stream NFL games on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device:

  1. Make sure you have an active DAZN subscription: If you don’t, read the dedicated section of our guide to find out how.
  2. Subscribe to a VPN that works with DAZN Canada: We recommend ExpressVPN.
  3. Download the DAZN app from the appropriate app store: It’s called DAZN: Stream Live Sports and it’s developed by DAZN Limited.
  4. Open the VPN app and connect to a Canada VPN server.
  5. Open the DAZN app: Every live game will be available from the home screen.
Watching out-of-market NFL games on iOS

You can use a VPN to stream out-of-market NFL games on iOS.

Fire TV

Live streaming geo-restricted NFL games on Firestick is straightforward. You can download the DAZN app without having to create a new Amazon Appstore account from another country.

Here’s how to stream out-of-market games on Fire TV:

  1. Sign up for an NFL VPN and download the app to your Firestick: ExpressVPN’s Fire OS app is fully-featured and works with DAZN Canada.
  2. Open the VPN app and connect to a server in Canada.
  3. Download the DAZN app from the Amazon Appstore.
  4. Open the DAZN app and stream the game you want to watch.
Watching NFL on Fire TV

DAZN Canada broadcasts every game in HD on Fire TV.

EXPERT TIP: Do not live stream NFL games on Fire TV Stick using Kodi. There’s no official NFL Game Pass add-on, so most of the live streams on the platform are provided by illegal add-ons.

Smart TV & Game Consoles

Some devices, like PS5, aren’t compatible with VPN software. As a result, you’ll have to use a Smart DNS proxy to watch out-of-market NFL games on these devices.

Smart DNS routes a portion of your internet traffic through a proxy server in another country. This can be configured in your device’s settings, without the need for an app.

Here’s how to bypass NFL geo-blocks on Smart TV and game consoles:

  1. Sign up for a Smart DNS service: Control D is the only option that could access NFL Game Pass on DAZN in our tests.
  2. Give the service your IP address: You need to give Control D your IP address so that it can add your credentials to its allowlist. Do this by simply logging into the Control D website from your phone or computer while connected to the same WiFi network as your streaming device.
  3. Change DNS server location: On the Control D website, click Services, then Video. Toggle DAZN to on. Select Redirected and choose Canada as the location.
  4. Find your Control D DNS address: Click the account icon at the top right and click My Resolvers. Note down the IPv4 Primary option.
  5. Change your device’s DNS settings: This will typically be found in the Network section of the device’s settings.
  6. Restart your device: This will clear the location cache.
  7. Open the DAZN app on your device: You’ll now be able to stream your favorite team.
Configuring Control D to unblock NFL.

Smart DNS services can be used to access NFL games on devices that aren’t compatible with VPN apps.

Chromecast & Roku

You can’t install VPN apps on Chromecast or Roku devices. You also can’t edit DNS settings, so they’re incompatible with Smart DNS services.

The easiest way to stream out-of-market NFL games on Chromecast or Roku is to set up a virtual router from your computer. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to set up a VPN router or watch NFL on a different device.

Here’s how to share a VPN connection from Windows to Roku or Chromecast:

  1. Sign up for a VPN that works with the Canadian DAZN library and download the app: ExpressVPN was the most reliable option in our tests.
  2. On your mobile, download the DAZN app: you won’t need to create a new Google account or Apple ID.
  3. On your PC, create your virtual router using Windows Command Prompt: Enter the following command: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=NETWORKNAME key=PASSWORD. Make sure to replace NETWORKNAME and PASSWORD with your own WiFi network’s name and password.
  4. Enable your virtual router: Type netsh wlan start hostednetwork and press Enter.
  5. Find the name of your network: Press the Windows key + R. Type ncpa.cpl and press Enter. The name of your virtual router will be in bold.
  6. Turn on Windows mobile hotspot: Go to Settings > Network & Internet and toggle Mobile hotspot to on.
  7. Configure the WiFi sharing: Go back to Network & Internet in settings and click Change adapter options. Right-click your VPN’s Tap Adapter and choose Properties. Click the Sharing tab and tick the second box labeled Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.
  8. Share your newly created WiFi connection: Open the dropdown menu where it says Home networking connection and choose the hotspot you’ve created.
  9. Connect your PC and mobile to a VPN server in Canada.
  10. Connect your Chromecast or Roku to your new network: Restart the device to remove any cache files.
  11. Stream the game you want to watch: You can cast the game using the DAZN app on your phone.
A Windows settings window showing Network status. Menu items for Status, Ethernet, Dial-up, VPN, and Proxy are visible on the left.

You can share a VPN connection via a mobile hotspot to access NFL games on Roku and Chromecast.

Alternatives to NFL Game Pass

So far in this guide, we’ve focused on accessing DAZN Canada with a VPN. We’ve done this as our research found it’s by far the best way to watch out-of-market NFL games.

However, there are other ways to watch NFL games. You can quickly compare other NFL streaming sites in the table below:

Service Legal Status Game Coverage NFL RedZone Free Trial Monthly Cost Cable Required VPN Required
NFL Game Pass on DAZN Canada Legal Every game Yes No $19.99 No Yes
NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube Legal All Sunday games Yes No $40.75 No No
NFL+ Legal Local team’s games only No 7 days $9.99 No No
OTT Media Services Legal Local and televised games Yes 14 days $80.00 No No
Amazon Prime Video Legal Thursday night games No 30 days $14.99 No No
OTT TV Antenna Legal Local team’s games only No N/A Free No No
Free Safe NFL Streaming Sites Legal 2 games a week No N/A Free No Yes
Free Unsafe NFL Streaming Sites Ilegal Every game Yes N/A Free No No

We detail the pros and cons of each way to stream NFL games in the sections below. We’ll also explain what games you can access using them, as well as how they compare to NFL Game Pass on DAZN Canada.

1. NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube TV

Pros compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada Cons compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada
Doesn’t require a VPN subscription $249.12 more expensive per year
Minimum 1 year contract
Lacks Thursday Night Football
Doesn’t cover Monday Night Football

SUMMARY: We recommend against signing up for NFL Sunday Ticket. DAZN is a lot cheaper, it has short-term subscription plans, and includes both Monday and Thursday Night Football.

Streaming Sunday out-of-market games on YouTube TV

NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube is the most expensive way to watch NFL games.

NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube TV is a good alternative to NFL Game Pass, but it’s not affordable for most people. Using it, you can watch out-of-market Sunday Night Football as well as NFL RedZone.

NFL Sunday Ticket is extremely expensive. For YouTube TV subscribers, Sunday Ticket can be added to your existing package for a slightly reduced fee of $389.00 annually. Otherwise, the stand-alone service is priced at $489.00 per year on YouTube. Despite showing far fewer games, Sunday Ticket is almost double the cost of Game Pass on DAZN.

Additionally, NFL Sunday Ticket is only available through an annual subscription. If you’re only interested in a few games over a brief period, you’ll have to commit to the full price regardless. By contrast, DAZN Canada offers a flexible monthly subscription, allowing for easy cancellation.

Given its price, we expected to see more impressive studio analysis of the games. Instead, Sunday Ticket simply re-airs the games from the free local CBS or FOX broadcast. These are the same streams that are available on DAZN Canada for a significantly lower price.

2. NFL+

Pros compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada Cons compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada
Doesn’t require a VPN subscription Mobile-only
Doesn’t include out-of-market NFL games
More expensive
No access to NFL RedZone
Only available in the US

SUMMARY: We don’t recommend using NFL+ unless you’re only interested in game replays.

NFL+ app

NFL+ only works on mobile devices.

NFL+ is a US-only streaming service by the NFL. Before the 2022/23 NFL season, NFL+ was called NFL Game Pass in the US.

However, NFL+ doesn’t come close to matching the features currently offered by Game Pass on DAZN. The main downside to NFL+ is that it doesn’t have live out-of-market games. You can only watch live local and primetime games as well as preseason games.

As well, there’s no way to watch NFL+ on your computer, laptop, or TV. Games are only available on your tablet or phone. Using it, you can watch full replays of every game after the telecast has finished.

In contrast, NFL Game Pass International on DAZN is cheaper, it provides access to far more games, and you can use it on your TV or computer.

3. Over-the-Top Media Services (YouTube TV, FuboTV, Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV)

Pros compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada Cons compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada
Doesn’t require a VPN subscription $70.00 more expensive per month
Longer free trial period Doesn’t have Thursday or Sunday games
NFL RedZone costs extra

SUMMARY: OTT media services compare poorly to an NFL Game Pass subscription. To get NFL RedZone and stream every game live at a much cheaper rate, we suggest choosing DAZN Canada instead.

Live NFL game on YouTube TV

YouTube TV allows you to watch local NFL games without a traditional cable subscription.

Without the Sunday Ticket add-on, you cannot watch out-of-market games on over-the-top (OTT) media services, such as YouTube TV and Sling TV. These OTT services only allow you to access traditional cable channels.

We were only able to stream what’s typically offered in our local area plus nationally broadcast games. You won’t be able to access Thursday Night Football or any non-televised Sunday games.

To see highlights from live Sunday afternoon games, you have to pay extra to get NFL RedZone. However, this is a $10.00 add-on on top of an already expensive OTT subscription.

4. Amazon Prime Video

Pros compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada Cons compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada
Doesn’t require a VPN subscription 257 fewer games
Longer free trial period $12.00 more expensive per month
No additional cost for Prime subscribers Doesn’t have NFL RedZone

SUMMARY: We only recommend using Prime Video for NFL if you’re already subscribed to Amazon Prime. Otherwise, there are cheaper options available with over 17 times more games.

Streaming NFL on Prime Video

Prime Video only shows Thursday Night Football.

Prime Video is a poor option for watching out-of-market NFL games. The streaming service only broadcasts Thursday Night Football, meaning you can only watch one game a week. It also doesn’t have any postseason games or the Super Bowl.

Prime Video shows just 15 regular season games per season. By comparison, all 272 games are available on DAZN Canada.

Although Prime Video is relatively expensive, we found that you can watch every Thursday Night Football game free on Twitch. The Amazon-owned live streaming service is simulcasting each game in English and Spanish. To stream, go to the Prime Video Twitch channel and click play. You won’t need to register for an account.

5. Over-the-Air Antenna

Pros compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada Cons compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada
No stream delay Limited to in-market NFL games
Completely free once antenna is purchased Not compatible with mobile and computers
Requires installation and configuration

SUMMARY: While OTA antennas offer a cost-effective solution for accessing live, in-market NFL games, they compare poorly to DAZN Canada in several aspects. You won’t be able to access out-of-market NFL games and NFL RedZone, plus you’re limited to watching only on a TV.

Webpage screenshot displaying a map from with marked broadcast stations around New York.

AntennaWeb provides a useful tool to identify local TV channels available in your area.

Using an OTA antenna, you can receive broadcast signals from local TV stations, restricting your viewing to only those games available in your area. The number of games you can watch depends on your location and the size of your antenna.

To find which channels are available in your area and the type of antenna you’ll need, you can use sites like AntennaWeb. For more specific information, 506 Sports provides up-to-date information for the exact games that are in-market for you. You’ll need to pay around $50 for an antenna that offers decent coverage, which is significantly more affordable than DAZN Canada and other streaming options.

One of the benefits we appreciated with the OTA antenna was the real-time broadcast, allowing us to follow online analysis of the game without any spoilers. This was particularly noticeable when compared to DAZN, where we observed a lag of one to two minutes behind the live game.

However, the drawbacks of using an antenna outweigh its advantages. You won’t be able to access any out-of-market NFL games, NFL RedZone, and you’ll be confined to watching the game on your TV.

6. Free Safe Streaming Services

Pros compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada Cons compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada
Completely free Limited game coverage
No payment details required Streams frequently interrupted by ads
Lack of NFL RedZone

SUMMARY: Free legitimate streaming sites are a viable option for casual NFL viewers, satisfied with limited game coverage and ads. However, these sites are only available with a UK or Australian IP address. If you’re located outside these countries, you’ll need to pay for a compatible VPN.


A moment from an NFL game being broadcast on 7Plus. A blue-uniformed player is throwing the football. Statistics for the game are displayed at the bottom.

7Plus uses the video and commentary feed from US channels, like CBS.

7Plus is a legitimate Australian free-to-air broadcaster. It offers an easy-to-use platform for streaming NFL games with no payment details required at sign-up.

While streaming NFL games on 7Plus, we particularly appreciated the quality of the commentary. For most games, the service uses the US Fox commentary and video feed. This meant that analysis was provided by recognizable experts, like Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen.

However, the limited selection of games was a noticeable drawback. The streaming site only broadcasts two games each week, both on Sunday afternoon, restricting your choice significantly.

The number of ads we encountered also limited our enjoyment. The need to disable ad blockers and wait through commercial breaks was frustrating, particularly when compared to ad-free streaming options.


Streaming NFL on My5.

My5 broadcasts every Monday Night Football game for free.

My5, the streaming service provided by the UK’s Channel 5, is a completely legitimate and safe free option for streaming NFL games. However, it falls far short of premium alternatives.

Using it, you can access every Monday Night Football game for free without providing any payment details. Though it’s a benefit to not worry about subscription fees, My5’s NFL coverage is extremely limited in comparison to alternatives.

My5 only broadcasts 17 of the 272 regular-season NFL games, a considerable difference to platforms like DAZN Canada, which covers every game. Additionally, unlike DAZN, My5 does not offer NFL RedZone or any postseason games, including the Super Bowl.

Another aspect of My5 that we found annoying was its heavy use of ads. To access a game, we had to watch eight pre-roll ads, which was in addition to the standard commercial breaks included in the live broadcast.

7. Free Unsafe NFL Streaming Sites

Pros compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada Cons compared to NFL Game Pass via DAZN Canada
Free Illegal
Some contain malware

SUMMARY: Although many other publications recommend 100% free unsafe NFL streaming websites, we discovered that these sites host copyrighted content and are therefore illegal. Some of them even contain malware.

Scanning free NFL streaming sites for malware

Free NFL streaming sites are illegal and often contain malware.

When analyzing popular NFL stream sites, like Buffstreams and BossCast, we also found that all of them contained viruses, malware, and invasive tracking ads.

We ran multiple free NFL website URLs through Virus Total’s virus scanner. In every case, malicious files were detected.

Here’s a list of free NFL streaming websites you should avoid:

  • 123 TV
  • BossCast
  • Buffstreams
  • CricFreeTV
  • DaddyLiveHD
  • Live TV
  • NFLBites
  • NFLWebcast
  • Stream2Watch
  • StreamNFL

EXPERT TIP: To live stream NFL games for free, sign up for a free trial from one of the legitimate services we recommend. You can also watch Thursday Night Football for free all season on Prime Video’s Twitch channel.

Read the sections below for an in-depth evaluation of two of the most popular free illegal NFL streaming sites.


A cluttered DaddyLiveHD window, showing an NFL live stream, live chat feed, and an ad notification. The other window shows a security test finding DaddyLiveHD to be potentially malicious.

DaddyLiveHD contains lots of ads, and accessing it is against the law.

DaddyLiveHD offers access to various live global sports channels, including those broadcasting NFL games. Despite its wide coverage, there are significant risks and limitations that mean you should avoid it under all circumstances.

Our research confirms that cybersecurity tools have flagged the website as malicious, meaning there’s a high risk of encountering harmful content such as trojans or viruses.

Our attempt to stream games led to an extremely poor experience. Clicking on what seemed like legitimate links redirected us to questionable websites with suspicious content, including adult advertisements and error messages instructing us to download software.

Once we managed to access a game stream, we were disappointed by the cluttered and confusing interface. The inability to expand the video stream to full screen and the constant presence of a distracting live chat feed made it difficult to focus on the game.


The image shows's Home Screen. The main part of the page advertises free NFL streaming and lists upcoming matches with their respective dates and times.

StreamNFL broadcasts copyrighted content without permission, making it illegal to access.

StreamNFL is far easier to use and has a more attractive design compared to other free, unauthorized websites. You can quickly access the game you want by clicking the fixture from the home screen, instead of searching through various channels, as is the case with platforms like DaddyLiveHD.

Despite this, StreamNFL does not hold the rights to broadcast any NFL games, making it illegal to access.

A significant drawback of StreamNFL is that it embeds videos from external sources. This means that the streams could originate from potentially harmful websites. In our testing, we were often automatically redirected to other websites, some of which we later identified as hosting suspicious files.

Moreover, the reliability of StreamNFL is poor. We often encountered a ‘this video is not available at the moment’ error message. Even when streams were accessible, we experienced frequent buffering and pauses, despite having a fast internet connection.

While StreamNFL may offer a more user-friendly interface than other free sites, the legal and security risks combined with inconsistent streaming quality mean you should avoid it under all circumstances.

The Best VPNs for NFL Game Pass

Based on our latest streaming tests, the best VPNs to stream the NFL are:

  1. ExpressVPN: Best VPN for NFL Game Pass Overall
  2. Windscribe: Best 100% Free VPN for Watching the NFL

Both of the VPNs above worked with NFL Game Pass International on DAZN in multiple countries, including nearby locations like Canada. They also streamed NFL Game Pass in HD, and are either 100% free or have a 30-day refund period.

We ranked the two best VPNs for watching out-of-market NFL games based on the following performance criteria:

  • Works with NFL Game Pass on DAZN, preferably on a Canada VPN server for the best speeds connecting from the US.
  • Bypasses geo-blocks of other NFL streaming sites as well, such as NFL+, and YouTube TV.
  • Fast download speeds to stream live games in HD with no buffering.
  • Intuitive app interface to make it easy to bypass NFL geo-blocks.
  • Free-to-use, either through a 100% free subscription or with a money-back guarantee.
  • Compatibility with all devices, including digital media players, to stream out-of-market NFL games on your TV.
  • Helpful customer support team to aid with VPN setup or to find a compatible VPN server for the NFL.
  • To learn about our unbiased testing process, read how we evaluate and review VPN services.

The Top VPNs for NFL Game Pass Compared

Use the table below to compare the best VPNs for streaming the NFL online side-by-side:

ExpressVPN Windscribe Free
Works with DAZN Canada Yes Yes
DAZN Libraries Unblocked 5 4
Monthly Data Cap Unlimited 10GB
International Download Speed (Out of 100Mbps) 85Mbps 87Mbps
Smart DNS Doesn’t work with DAZN Additional subscription
Router App Yes No
Cheapest Price $6.67 100% Free

1. ExpressVPN: Best VPN for Streaming the NFL

ExpressVPN's app for iOS

Pros Cons
Reliably accesses DAZN Canada Expensive
Fast download speeds MediaStreamer doesn’t work with DAZN
Streaming-optimized servers in 106 countries
Fully-featured app for Fire TV Stick
30-day money-back guarantee
App for routers
Using ExpressVPN to watch out-of-market NFL games

ExpressVPN works with every NFL streaming site.

ExpressVPN is the best VPN for streaming the NFL online. Using it, we could stream NFL games on every streaming service, including DAZN Canada, NFL+, and Prime Video.

The VPN service also comes with a Canada server for fast connections to NFL Game Pass International from the US. It’s more expensive than its competitors, but ExpressVPN is worth the extra cost.

Works With More NFL Streaming Sites Than Any VPN

We tested 65 free and premium VPNs with popular NFL streaming websites.

We found that ExpressVPN was the only VPN service to unblock all of them. It worked with every service we tested it with, including DAZN Canada, YouTube TV, and ProSieben. By comparison, top VPNs like IPVanish streamed four fewer services.

We’ve collected the full results of our NFL VPN research in the table below:

VPN Service
Amazon Prime Video
DAZN Canada
OTT Media Services
Proton VPN Free
TunnelBear Free
Windscribe Free

As you can see in the table above, only ExpressVPN worked with every NFL streaming site we tested. In addition, we experienced poor speeds from most other VPN services, as we’ll discuss in the next section.

Fastest Download Speeds for Streaming the NFL

To stream DAZN in HD (720p) at 30 frames per second (FPS), the streaming states that you need a download speed of at least 9Mbps.

Connecting to ExpressVPN servers from a test location in New York, we consistently recorded speeds well above the 9Mbps threshold. You can see our full results in the table below:

Server Location
Download Speed (Mbps)
Speed Loss (%)
Distance (miles)
Starting Speed (New York)
0 mi
Los Angeles
2,500 mi
3,500 mi
4,000 mi

Using ExpressVPN, you can get a US IP address from 11 states, so you’ll usually be able to connect to a fast nearby server. This also makes it a top VPN for NBA League Pass and to avoid MLB and other sports blackouts.

Unlike many 100% free options, ExpressVPN doesn’t come with any data cap, nor does it throttle connections. You can use it to stream as many NFL games as you want.

Superb Router App, but MediaStreamer Doesn’t Work With the NFL

Disappointingly, ExpressVPN’s Smart DNS feature doesn’t work with NFL streaming sites. In our tests, it failed to access NFL+ and DAZN Canada. It did stream games on Prime Video, but these are available everywhere on Twitch anyway.

However, ExpressVPN is the only NFL VPN that has an app for routers. With the other VPNs we tested, like NordVPN and PIA, you have to manually configure the VPN settings using confusing router firmware.

With ExpressVPN’s router software, you can easily spoof your location on devices that don’t support VPN apps, like Roku and Chromecast.

If you need help setting this up, you can contact ExpressVPN’s 24/7 customer support team. The VPN’s live chat agents are knowledgeable and quick to respond, so you can get help whenever you need it.

2. Windscribe Free: Best Free VPN for NFL Game Pass

Windscribe VPN's free app for iOS

Pros Cons
Completely free with no payment details required 10GB data cap
Streams live NFL games on Canadian server Smart DNS requires a paid subscription
Apps for Fire TV Stick and Android TV Slow speeds compared to premium VPNs
Unlimited simultaneous connections Poor customer support
Works with OTT media services & NFL+
Free servers in 11 countries
Using Windscribe Free to watch out-of-market NFL games

We watched out-of-market NFL games for free with Windscribe.

Windscribe is the best VPN for watching the NFL for free. Using its free subscription, you can take advantage of an NFL streaming site’s free trial and watch out-of-market NFL games without paying a cent.

That said, the VPN’s performance doesn’t come close to matching premium options, like ExpressVPN. It has slow download speeds and only allows you to use 10GB of data per month.

Windscribe Streams Live NFL Games for Free

Unlike every other top NFL VPN, Windscribe is 100% free and doesn’t require any payment details. You will need to sign up and provide an active email address to get more than 2GB of data, though.

To watch NFL games for free, we used a free Windscribe account and signed up for a Sling TV free trial. By doing this, we live-streamed out-of-market games for free for 30 days. We quickly used up our 10GB data allowance, though, but we got around this by taking advantage of Control D’s 30-day free trial.

Excellent Platform Support Using Control D

Windscribe is the only VPN service with a Smart DNS feature that works with the NFL. Named Control D, you can change your location on devices that don’t support VPN apps, including Smart TVs and game consoles.

The other Smart DNS features we tested, like ExpressVPN’s MediaStreamer and NordVPN’s Smart DNS, only allow you to redirect your traffic through a US DNS server — making them useless for bypassing NFL geo-blocks. With Control D, you can choose between 69 countries, including Canada.

Configuring Control D to bypass NFL's geo-blocks

Control D lets you bypass geo-blocks on more content platforms than other Smart DNS services.

The feature comes with a 30-day free trial and, unlike Windscribe Free, doesn’t impose a data cap. Using it, we could stream NFL Game Pass on DAZN Canada for free from anywhere.

Slow Speeds and Only 10GB of Monthly Data Allowance

Windscribe’s speeds are a lot slower than the top paid-for VPNs. Using Windscribe’s free Canada server, our NFL live streams took up to 20 seconds to load. With premium VPNs, like ExpressVPN, the videos loaded instantly without buffering.

The main drawback to using Windscribe Free is its 10GB monthly data cap. When using it to stream NFL games in HD, we used up our allowance after just four hours. This meant we weren’t able to watch more than two games in the month.

Proton VPN is the only safe free VPN with unlimited bandwidth, but it doesn’t work with any NFL streaming site. Windscribe worked every time in our tests.

Other Popular VPNs That We Considered

To find the best free and premium VPNs for streaming out-of-market NFL games, we tested 65 VPN services with NFL Game Pass. From these results, ExpressVPN and Windscribe are the only two that exceeded our testing criteria.

Screenshot showing CyberGhost failing to access DAZN Canada. A web browser is displaying an error message on DAZN's website. The message reads "Our apologies. We are facing an unexpected issue and our techs are working hard to fix it. Please, come back later. On the right side of the screen, a CyberGhost VPN interface is visible, indicating a connection to Montreal, Canada.

Many top VPNs, including CyberGhost, failed to access NFL streaming sites in our tests.

Here’s a list of other popular VPNs we evaluated and the reasons they didn’t make the cut:

VPN Service Reason for Exclusion
  • Doesn’t work with DAZN Canada
  • No router app
  • Smart DNS doesn’t work with NFL streaming sites
  • Doesn’t work with DAZN Canada, NFL+ or YouTube TV
  • No router app
  • No Smart DNS feature
  • Slow international speeds
  • Unintuitive app design
  • No router app
  • Smart DNS doesn’t work with NFL streaming sites
Proton VPN Free
  • Doesn’t work with DAZN Canada, NFL+ Prime Video, or YouTube TV
  • No browser extensions
  • No nearby servers
  • No router app
  • No Smart DNS feature
  • No live chat customer support
Private Internet Access (PIA)
  • Doesn’t work with DAZN Canada
  • No router app
  • Smart DNS doesn’t work with NFL streaming sites
  • Doesn’t work with DAZN Canada
  • No router app
  • No Smart DNS feature
  • Slow international speeds

How to Fix a VPN Not Working with NFL Game Pass on DAZN

It sometimes happens that a VPN stops working with NFL Game Pass. We’ve listed below a few workarounds that have worked for us to fix a VPN not working and successfully bypass VPN or proxy error messages.

1. Make Sure You Don’t Have an IP Address from the US, UK, or Ireland

NFL Game Pass is not available on DAZN at all in the US. As well, two regular season games each Sunday in the UK and Ireland are blacked out due to regional broadcasting agreements.

If you have an IP address from any of these locations, you won’t be able to stream every out-of-market NFL game.

To fix this, simply connect to a server in another country. We recommend Canada, as it’s the closest location to the US.

2. Connect to a Different VPN Server

When your VPN stops working with DAZN, it typically means the service has detected and banned your VPN server’s IP address.

To fix this, simply connect to another server in the same country. This will give you a new IP address that possibly hasn’t been blocked yet by Game Pass. If this still doesn’t work, try connecting to a server in another country.

3. Clear Cache and Browser Cookies

DAZN remembers your location from previous visits. If you previously connected from an unsupported region, you might still be blocked even after connecting to a compatible VPN server.

To fix this, clear your browser’s cookies and cache files. This removes all the information that Game Pass has stored about your computer.

On Google Chrome, do this by clicking the three dots at the top right. Click More Tools > Clear browsing data > All time. Tick Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files. Click Clear data.

On mobile, clear cache by restarting your device.

4. Bypass ThreeDs2_Authentication_Exception Error Message

ThreeDs2_Authentication_Exception NFL Game Pass error message

You will see this error message when attempting to pay for NFL Game Pass using a VPN service. As many people are connecting via the same IP address, it’s flagged as potentially suspicious.

To fix this, simply disconnect from the VPN server before clicking ‘Confirm your order’. Wait for your payment to go through and then reconnect to the VPN.


What Are Out-of-Market NFL Games?

Out-of-market means games that aren’t available for broadcast in the area you’re physically located in and streaming from. When you watch the NFL online, your IP address determines your location.

These out-of-market games are ‘blacked out’ because the NFL has sold their broadcast rights to local TV services, like FOX or CBS, in US states outside the one you’re located in.

As a result, streaming services are forced to black out these particular games, depending on your IP address location. This is why you often can’t live stream your local team’s game.

Can I Watch Out-of-Market NFL Games without DirecTV?

DirecTV no longer has the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket after the service moved to YouTube TV at the start of the 2023 regular season.

The number of NFL games you can watch on DirecTV is now extremely limited. You can only watch games aired on local network affiliates, ESPN, and the NFL Network.

But, as we explained in this guide, the most effective way to stream all out-of-market NFL games on one single platform is to sign up to NFL Game Pass on DAZN and, using a VPN, get a non-US IP address.

Is It Legal to Use a VPN to Stream Out-of-Market NFL Games?

Yes, it’s completely legal to use a VPN to bypass the NFL’s regional broadcast restrictions.

However, every streaming service will try to detect and block VPN, since it interferes with the streaming rights the NFL has agreed with TV broadcasters.

Some streaming services state in their Terms of Service that they may terminate users caught streaming with a VPN. However, we’ve never experience this, despite using VPNs with streaming sites since 2016.